You can now pay over 12 months
I AM sure that your readers will be interested to know about a recent change to the council tax that has not been widely reported.
From this year taxpayers can spread their council tax payments across 12 monthly instalments rather than the current 10 payments. Of course, it won't change how much households pay overall, but a move to 12 instalments would lead to a smaller amount being paid out every month.
To get payments switched to 12 months, residents should contact their council as soon as possible as many don't seem too keen to publicise this change.
However, in these tough economic times I think residents have a right to know, and I have contacted South Gloucestershire's finance officers urging them to include information on how to switch to monthly payments to all our council tax payers when they send the bills out next week.
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Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
Councillor Adam Monk
Labour lead member, resources issues
South Gloucestershire Council